Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani re-elected after five-month delay in results

Elias Hubbard
February 18, 2020

The Commission announced on Tuesday that Mr. Ghani garnered 50.64% of the vote that took place on September 28 previous year to challenger and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah's 39.52%.

The long-awaited final results of the landmark presidential polls in Afghanistan will be announced on Tuesday, a state-run broadcaster announced.

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the final elections results on Tuesday, introducing Mohammad Ashraf Ghani as the Afghanistan President for the second time. Challenger and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah received 720,841 votes, or 39.52 per cent.

The results had been delayed for almost five months after allegations of vote rigging from Ghani's main rival, Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, forced a recount.

Abdullah in December agreed to allow a ballot recount in provinces where his supporters had stopped the process for nearly a month.

The delay left Afghanistan facing a political crisis just as the USA seeks a deal with the Taliban which would allow it to withdraw troops in return for various security guarantees and a promise that the militants would hold peace talks with the Afghan government.

Similarly, troubled presidential polls in 2014 delivered a weak and divided national unity government under Ghani and Abdullah when the country was pushed to the edge of disorder amid withdrawal of some 100,000 foreign troops.

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